County appoints local health authority

A regular meeting of the Nolan County Commissioners Court was held on Monday morning, Jan. 24, at the Nolan County Courthouse.Several approvals were made at the meeting, including approval of the minutes of the meeting held on Jan. 10. The commissioners also approved to keep the burn ban for Nolan County in effect for the next two weeks.Among other items that were approved were a new appointment for the local Health Authority for Nolan County. As requested by the Nolan County Health Department, the commissioners approved for Dr. Ellen DeLoy Walthall to serve for a two year term. Dr. Walthall will be replacing Dr. Jeremy Smola as he steps down from the position.An approval was also made for the County Clerk's office to purchase two new items. An Ithica receipt printer and a Dymo label maker will now assist the County Clerk's office in records management in areas such as filing and postage. Both items total to around $900.Locally, an approval was made to change the speed limit on County Road 147. Currently, no sign is posted on the road, but the commissioners decided to add 40 MPH speed limit signs in an effort to keep drivers safe. From a state-wide view, however, the commissioners did approve of the state House Joint Resolution #56 in support of banning unfunded mandates. The county has made a decision such as this in the past.Also, four reports from department heads were received at the meeting, including those from the county auditor, treasurer, sheriff's office and government trapper.One item presented at the meeting was the opening and awarding of bids for a mowing tractor for Precinct 3. Four bids were presented to the commissioners, yet an approval was made to table the item so that the commissioners would have ample time to study the bids before making a decision.